Mark Selby in control against Fergal O'Brien at World Snooker Championship

Stephen Maguire also enjoyed a 10-2 win, over fellow Scot Anthony McGill, as he won at the Crucible for the first time since beating seven-times world champion Stephen Hendry in the 2012 quarter-finals.

"This time I'd be very disappointed to bow out early on this year with the preparation I've made, the consistency I've shown and the results stands me in good stead".

"I couldn't win a match really, and I thought that it's not fair on the fans, it's not fair on the people who have invested in me, and I don't really think I've done a lot wrong", he said.

He's been ranked number one in the world for the last two years, and is widely regarded as one of the favourites.

Selby, whose patient play once earned him the derogatory nickname "The Torturer" from O'Sullivan, will be up against a man who has made the record books with the longest frame in professional snooker history which earned him his date with the two-time champion. "I won't get involved anymore because I am not being bullied".

"I have no problem with the press, but sometimes I say things I shouldn't say and get myself in hot bother and I get a letter through saying I need to respond in 14 days, a day before a tournament and it's kind of messed up my last three or four tournaments".

This time O'Sullivan is setting low expectations, having failed to win back-to-back matches since landing the Masters title in January.

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They also said the execution should be put on hold to allow for newer types of DNA testing that were previously unavailable. The Arkansas Supreme Court said in a 4-3 ruling that it would not reconsider its decision to stay Johnson's execution.

Moments later, a spectator in the second row, close to the players, lurched out of an ill-timed afternoon nap and loudly said: "Oh f****** hell, excuse me".

"Hopefully, they can relax and stop being so precious, but I'm not prepared to put myself in that situation anymore".

"Maybe it is just because I am working a little bit harder".

"Obviously when it got to 6-0, 7-0 I wasn't so comfortable, dreading I was going to have the bagel after my name, but winning that first frame was quite enjoyable because the crowd were willing me not to be whitewashed".

That graft at the Grove Academy in Romford, Essex, definitely seems to be paying off for a player who is an avid follower of social media.

Both of the best-of-19 matches will play to a finish on Sunday.

He said: "There's so much excitement around the World Championship, it's a buzz but it can drain you being a part of it". Drop me out, I don't need you, you probably don't need me.

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